Elephant Rock launched our YA imprint in 2014. We acquire YA manuscripts through our Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize. So who was Helen Sheehan and how come I can’t find her online? Helen Sheehan was a modest woman. She attended Normal school in Tiverton, Rhode Island in the 1920s, and taught elementary school for many years, eventually becoming a principal. She was also our publisher’s revered great aunt Hiya. The prize honors her love of education and young people. We award the book prize every other year. We designed that snazzy seal ourselves. A panel of three judges reads and reviews the top manuscripts, and selects the winner. Then our internal team edits and designs a lovely piece of literary art. Thanks to thousands of readers, we’ve had great success. Our next open submission period will be summer 2017. Past winners: 2014: The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley 2016: The Art of Holding on and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz Judge Hall of Fame: Emil Ostrovski, Louise Brueggmann, Becky Quiroga Curtis, Kelly Jensen, Anne Rouyer and Meghan Dietsche Goel.